By William Granruth and Alex Pugliese, Osprey Imaging
Game-time footage has long given sporting teams an edge when preparing for contests and improving technique. Sailing is a sport in which drones can redefine the methods by which crews advance skills and boat performance.
Osprey Imaging’s newest drone is an 8-rotor model. © ospreyimaging.com
Defined as any remote controlled aircraft, drones were previously accessible only to military and scientific organizations. Concerns over safety and inexperienced pilots are fueling a debate over the introduction of drones into national airspace.
Regardless of recent controversy surrounding these small battery powered aircraft, their cameras can provide transformational perspectives to the sailing world. Experienced pilots operate drones within close range of sailboats at speeds up to 30 knots while capturing a previously impossible viewpoint.
By John K. Fulweiler
When I raced weekend club races, we’d sail our keeled machine in tight to the shoreline. You’d see the bottom alright, and occasionally it’d reach up and give us a thump and we’d tack away pleased we’d snuck a little more yardage out of the effort. A great aunt would thunder us kids across darkened Maine waters and nearly every time, the outboard would clunk to a stop and there’d be cursing and flashlights and flash of fillet knife as the prop was cleared. The thing is though, in those scenarios we’d invited the hazard aboard. The thump or clunk might’ve been a surprise, but the hazard itself wasn’t. I mean it’s not like we were sailing a prestigious global race and smacked into a charted reef. Uh-oh, did I offend? Sorry, folks, but I’m pretty shocked by the Team Vestas Wind grounding.Read more
SUNY Maritime in Throggs Neck, NY has hired Morgan Wilson as assistant coach for the Co-Ed Dinghy Sailing Team. “It is great to have Morgan on board,” said Head Sailing Coach Zach Runci. “She brings a great new positive attitude to the team.”
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On December 12, Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team finished first in class and second overall in the RORC Transatlantic Race. Dan Flannigan, 23, Hobie Ponting, 23, Chris Kennedy, 26 and Andrew “OD” O’Donnell, 27, completed the 3,100 nautical mile race from Lanzarote, Gran Canaria to Grenada aboard Oakcliff’s new Class40 with an elapsed time of 12 days, 13 hours, 15 minutes and 41 seconds.
Andrew O’Donnell, Dan Flannigan, Chris Kennedy and Hobie Ponting celebrate their victory in the RORC Transatlantic Race. © RORC/Arthur Daniel & Orlando K RomainRead more
By Taylor North
Narragansett Bay plays host to all types of sailboats over the course of the year; foiling catamarans, carbon racing yachts, stunning superyachts, and high performance dinghies, many sailing multiple times faster than the wind speed. However, once the weather gets cold and the big boats head south, there’s a different game in town.
Brett Nazareth (#51) won the pin at this start, and went on to victory in the 2014 Sea Dog “Worlds.” © Chuck AllenRead more
An Optimistic Aftermath
What a great article. Very well written. I’ve found that, when engaging the elements, one has to be humble. Survival in a storm at sea, or in the Bay, is not always assured. Nature reminds us, all the time, of how vulnerable we are. Yet, with knowledge, we can survive most anything. Hey, this is what adventure is all about. The boat will be replaced. Thank God no one was lost. And congratulations on your win. Howard Marks, via emailRead more
McMichael Yacht Brokers has announced that Kevin Dailey and Lincoln White have joined their brokerage team. Dailey will be working out of the company’s Mamaroneck, NY office, and White will be working out of the new McMichael Essex office, located at Essex Boat Works, 9 Ferry Street, Essex, CT.Read more
By Stewart Thomas
Friday, June 14, 2013 – Thank you, Marion! With your numerous United States and Bermuda flags flying throughout town, and your friendly hospitality, you have taken great care to make us all feel welcome. We would start the race in five hours. As the crew woke up on mainland soil for the last time, the weather was terrible – and perfect. It was 50 degrees, raining, and very windy, with gusts up to 25 mph. This was great for Spirit of Bermuda, a big boat with lots of sail area, a big keel, and a big crew. Spirit loves a stiff breeze.
Thirty-two sailors from around the world sailed the 112-foot Spirit of Bermuda in the 2013 Marion Bermuda Race. © Spectrum Photo/Fran Grenon
Our crew has divided into two watches, and we have made some good-natured bets on which watch can get Spirit going at top speed.Read more
By Joe Berkeley
How far would you go to sail in Newport, Rhode Island’s Laser Fleet 413? Christine Neville moved 3,090 miles across the country. The aspiring Olympian, who stands an athletic 5’ 11” tall, enjoyed the temperate climate and spirited breeze of San Francisco, but longed for the crowded starting line of Fleet 413. “It’s the best and the most fun sailing education,” Neville said. “I learn more from racing against this fleet than anywhere else.”